SuperCoach teams analysis round 17

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NRL: Warriors young gun Tuimoala Lolohea was used sparingly against Cronulla on the weekend much to the surprise of Sharks hooker Michael Ennis

SuperCoaches are sweating on a resolution to the Semi Radradra saga.

SUPERCOACHES are getting increasingly nervous over the Semi Radradra saga.

Radradra is the eighth most popular player in the game and his exit would leave a massive hole for the round 18 and 19 byes.

In a considerable boost, Radradra was named for the Eels this week, but SuperCaoches must keep an eye on any developments between low and lockout.

In other news from the round 17 NRL teams:

* Cameron Munster, the best centre/wing in SuperCoach this year, again missed out for the Storm due to an ankle injury;

* Star cheapie Ryan Matterson was dropped to 18th man for the Roosters to accommodate the return of Mitchell Pearce (calf);

* Cheapie Jaydn Su’a is the most purchased player this week, but he may not make the final side. He has been pushed to the bench following the return of Alex Glenn (shoulder). Further, Jordan Kahu (pectoral) is expected to come into the side despite not being named, which would push Kodi Nikorima to the bench and see Su’A drop out;

* The injury to Cowboys centre Kane Linnett (calf) was expected to open the door for cheapie Javid Bowen, who is the 12th most popular player in the game. However, Linnett was named pending scan results, leaving SuperCoaches hanging;

* Popular early-season cheapie Nathan Davis (broken leg, dislocated ankle) is out for the season;

* After being benched last week, Tuimoala Lolohea has been promoted to the Warriors starting side on the wing, but he is still a sell due to a massive break even of 102;

* SuperCoaches already know how awesome James Tedesco is, but are hoping NSW selectors have their blindfolds on. The stats show Tedesco is by far the best fullback in NSW, but if he earns a spot for Origin III, a quarter of SuperCoaches will be left short for the round 18 bye. Bryce Cartwright is another SuperCoach gun in danger of being picked for Origin III.

SuperCoaches are sweating on a resolution to the Semi Radradra saga.

SuperCoaches are sweating on a resolution to the Semi Radradra saga.Source:Getty Images


7:50pm Thursday at Allianz Stadium

Roosters: 1 Latrell Mitchell 2 Daniel Tupou 3 Blake Ferguson 4 Dale Copley 5 Shaun Kenny-Dowall 6 Jackson Hastings 7 Mitchell Pearce 8 Jared Waerea-Hargreaves 9 Jake Friend (c) 10 Dylan Napa 11 Aidan Guerra 12 Mitchell Aubusson 13 Sio Siua Taukeiaho. Interchange: 14 Sam Moa 15 Isaac Liu 16 Kane Evans 17 Conor Watson 18 Ryan Matterson

Ins: Mitchell Pearce, Blake Ferguson, Aidan Guerra

Outs: Chris Smith, Joseph Manu

Other unavailables: Boyd Cordner (Foot, Round 18), Ian Henderson (Broken leg, Indefinite)

Comment: The dumping of Ryan Matterson to 18th man is a massive blow to 12 per cent of SuperCoaches, especially for those hoping for round 18 and 19 coverage. Matterson makes way for Mitchell Pearce (calf). Shaun Kenny Dowall is a handy POD to cover 18 and 19. Joseph Manu is on the radar as a cheapie for next week, before becoming a dual position nuff.

Bulldogs: 1 Will Hopoate 2 Brett Morris 3 Curtis Rona 4 Kerrod Holland 5 Sam Perrett 6 Josh Reynolds 7 Moses Mbye 8 Aiden Tolman 9 Michael Lichaa 10 James Graham 11 Josh Jackson 12 Greg Eastwood 13 David Klemmer. Interchange: 14 Sam Kasiano 15 Tony Williams 16 Danny Fualalo 17 Craig Garvey 19 Raymond Faitala-Mariner 20 Asipeli Fine

Ins: Greg Eastwood, Raymond Faitala-Mariner

Outs: None

Other unavailables: Adam Elliott (Hamstring, Round 23), Tim Browne (Ankle, Round 18), Josh Morris (Groin, Round 18)

Comment: Josh Morris (groin) again misses out, with SuperCoach cheapie Kerrod Holland retained. Greg Eastwood (knee) returns in the starting back row, pushing Asipeli Fine to 19th man. Raymond Faitala-Mariner (knee) also returns, but out of the 17. James Graham may well be a hold until the end, particularly for those short on trades.


7:50pm Friday at Suncorp Stadium

Broncos: 1 Darius Boyd 2 Corey Oates 3 Kodi Nikorima 4 James Roberts 5 Lachlan Maranta 6 Anthony Milford 7 Ben Hunt 8 Josh McGuire 9 Andrew McCullough 10 Adam Blair 11 Alex Glenn 12 Matt Gillett 13 Corey Parker. Interchange: 14 Jarrod Wallace 15 Tevita Pangai Jr 16 Jaydn S’ua 17 Travis Waddell

Ins: Alex Glenn, Andrew McCullough, Lachlan Maranta

Outs: Greg Eden, Herman Ese’ese, Tom Opacic (Foot, Indefinite)

Other unavailables: Jordan Kahu (Pectoral, Round 18), Jack Reed (Shoulder, Round 19)

Comment: Jaydn Su’a is the most purchased player this week, but his spot in the side is in serious jeopardy. Not only has the star youngster been pushed to the bench following the return of Alex Glenn (shoulder), but he may find his way out of the side altogether. Jordan Kahu (pectoral) trained well on Tuesday and could come in, which would push Kodi Nikorima to the bench and see Su’A dropped. Anthony Milford has averaged just 41 in the last five rounds and plummeted almost $200,000 from his peak price. Even so, it would take a very brave SuperCoach to sell. Popular cheapie Tevita Pangai Jr, owned by 18 per cent, is predicted to cap a $65,000 rise this week, but should be sold before the round 18 bye.

Storm: 1 Young Tonumaipea 2 Suliasi Vunivalu 3 Cheyse Blair 4 Ryan Morgan 5 Marika Koroibete 6 Tohu Harris 7 Cooper Cronk 8 Jesse Bromwich 9 Cameron Smith 10 Jordan McLean 11 Kevin Proctor 12 Kenneath Bromwich 13 Dale Finucane. Interchange: 14 Felise Kaufusi 15 Christian Welch 16 Matt White 17 Ben Hampton 18 Curtis Scott 23 Slade Griffin

Ins: Curtis Scott, Matt White, Slade Griffin

Outs: Nelson Asofa-Solomona (Knee, Round 25)

Other unavailables: Billy Slater (Shoulder, Season), Will Chambers (Fractured foot, Round 19), Cameron Munster (Ankle, Round 19), Tim Glasby (Shoulder, Indefinite), Blake Green (Calf, Round 19)

Comment: Cameron Munster (ankle) has been left out again in a massive blow to SuperCoaches. Suliasi Vunivalu (break even 65) is a sell after making almost $200,000. Tohu Harris has again been named in the halves, but the number on his back barely seems to matter following his 102 on the weekend. He is the second most purchased player this week, but with the looming bye and a break even of 52, surely the best option is to wait until round 19. Early-season cheapie Curtis Scott has been named on an extended bench. With a break even of 18 and the upcoming bye, he is not an option for this week. But keep him on the watchlist as a cheapie for the home run.


3pm Saturday at Mt Smart Stadium

Warriors: 1 David Fusitu’a 2 Tuimoala Lolohea 3 Blake Ayshford 4 Solomone Kata 5 Ken Maumalo 6 Thomas Leuluai 7 Shaun Johnson 8 Jacob Lillyman 9 Issac Luke 10 Albert Vete 11 Bodene Thompson 12 Ryan Hoffman 13 Simon Mannering. Interchange: 14 Nathaniel Roache 15 Sam Lisone 16 Ben Matulino 17 Charlie Gubb

Ins: Nathaniel Roache

Outs: Jonathan Wright

Other unavailables: Roger Tuivasa Sheck (Knee, Season), Ben Henry (Knee, Indefinite), Manu Vatuvei (Hamstring, Round 19), Sione Lousi (ACL, Season)

Comment: What is Andrew McFadden doing to us? Tuimoala Lolohea was one of the most purchased players two weeks ago, but found himself demoted to the bench last week. He has now been promoted to the starting side, but on the wing, with another popular buy David Fusitu’a to retain the fullback spot. In any case, Lolohea (BE 102) and Fusitua (BE 101) are both sells this week in preparation for next week’s bye. Shaun Johnson, Simon Mannering and Bodene Thompson are all keepers to the end.

Titans: 1 William Zillman 2 Anthony Don 3 Josh Hoffman 4 Chris McQueen 5 Nene Macdonald 6 Tyrone Roberts 7 Ash Taylor 8 Luke Douglas 9 Nathan Peats 10 Ryan James 11 Zeb Taia 12 Leivaha Pulu 13 Greg Bird. Interchange: 14 Eddy Pettybourne 15 Ryan Simpkins 16 Agnatius Paasi 17 Nathan Friend

Ins: William Zillman

Outs: Nathan Davis (Broken leg, Season)

Other unavailables: Kane Elgey (ACL, Season), Matt Srama (Knee, Season), Daniel Mortimer (Hamstring, Season), John Olive (Broken collarbone, Indefinite), David Mead (PCL, Round 19), David Shillington (Pectoral, Round 19), Konrad Hurrell (Calf, Round 19)

Comment: Our best wishes to early-season cheapie Nathan Davis (Broken leg, Season), who suffered a sickening injury on the weekend and is an obvious sell. Ryan James is now the highest-scoring SuperCoach player this season. Who would have picked that at the start of the year? Well done to those who got on. But for those who don’t own him, he is well out of range at $511,400 — the most expensive player in the game.


5:30pm Saturday at Campbelltown Sports Stadium

Tigers: 1 James Tedesco 2 David Nofoaluma 3 Tim Simona 4 Kevin Naiqama 5 Jordan Rankin 6 Mitchell Moses 7 Luke Brooks 8 Aaron Woods 9 Dene Halatau 10 Sauaso Sue 11 Josh Aloiai 12 Chris Lawrence 13 Elijah Taylor. Interchange: 14 Tim Grant 15 Ava Seumanufagai 16 Robbie Farah 17 Kyle Lovett 18 JJ Felise

Ins: Robbie Farah

Outs: None

Other unavailables: Nathan Milone (Knee, Indefinite), Curtis Sironen (Foot, Round 18), Matt Ballin (ACL, Season)

Comment: Robbie Farah (concussion) returns on the bench, pushing JJ Felise to 18th man. James Tedesco is by far the best fullback in SuperCoach and an absolute must for the run home. He was the second most purchased player last week and is the fifth most purchased player this week, despite a massive push for him to play Origin III. Tedesco has the backing of a host of powerful figures at the NSWRL and SuperCoaches should therefore wait until Origin teams are announced, if possible. Let’s face it, he more than deserves a spot.

Panthers: 1 Matt Moylan 2 Josh Mansour 3 Waqa Blake 4 Tyrone Peachey 5 Dallin Watene-Zelezniak 6 Bryce Cartwright 7 Nathan Cleary 8 Leilani Latu 9 Peter Wallace 10 Reagan Campbell-Gillard 11 Isaah Yeo 12 Trent Merrin 13 Suaia Matagi. Interchange: 14 Sitaleki Akauola 15 Jeremy Latimore 16 Chris Grevsmuhl 17 James Fisher-Harris 20 Sam McKendry

Ins: Sam McKendry

Outs: None

Other unavailables: Dean Whare (ACL, Season), Te Marie Martin (Shoulder fracture, Season), Peta Hiku (ACL, Season)

Comment: Unchanged 17, with Sam McKendry (suspension) returning as 18th man. Trent Merrin is all but certain to miss Origin III and is an absolute must to cover rounds 18 and 19. He has played 80 minutes in three of the last four games and averaged 74 in that time. Matt Moylan also looms as a serious bye round purchase if axed by the Blues for James Tedesco. Ditto for Josh Mansour if Brett Morris gets a look in for game three. Hopefully you didn’t miss Nathan Cleary’s $73,500 rise last week. But even if you did, he’s still worth a crack this week at a break even of -69 and projected rise of almost $70,000. SuperCoaches have their fingers and toes crossed that Bryce Cartwright is overlooked for Origin and therefore offers round 18 cover, despite his ridiculous run of form this year.


7:30pm Saturday at Southern Cross Stadium

Sharks: 1 Ben Barba 2 Sosaia Feki 3 Jack Bird 4 Gerard Beale 5 Valentine Holmes 6 James Maloney 7 Chad Townsend 8 Andrew Fifita 9 Michael Ennis 10 Sam Tagataese 11 Luke Lewis 12 Wade Graham 13 Paul Gallen. Interchange: 14 Ricky Leutele 15 Chris Heighington 16 Matt Prior 17 Jason Bukuya 18 Joseph Paulo

Ins: Sosaia Feki

Outs: None

Other unavailables: Junior Roqica (Foot, Indefinite)

Comment: Sosaia Feki (groin) returns on the wing, with Ricky Leutele dropping to the bench and Joseph Paulo relegated to 18th man. Ben Barba’s keeper claims have taken a hit in the last fortnight with two scores in the 20s. With a break even of 138, he is the fourth most-sold player this week. However, his coverage of round 18 is impossible to ignore and he is therefore a hold until round 19, then re-assess. Andrew Fifita is a must-have for the run home, while Paul Gallen is a massive POD from round 19 at just 6.8 per cent ownership.

Eels: 1 Michael Gordon 2 Semi Radradra 3 Michael Jennings 4 Clint Gutherson 5 Bevan French 6 Kenny Edwards 7 Corey Norman 8 Daniel Alvaro 9 Isaac De Gois 10 Danny Wicks 11 Manu Ma’u 12 Beau Scott 13 Tepai Moeroa Interchange: 14 Cody Nelson 15 Peni Terepo 16 David Gower 17 Rory O’Brien

Ins: Michael Jennings, Cody Nelson

Outs: Vai Toutai, Kaysa Pritchard (Shoulder/neck, Indefinite)

Other unavailables: Luke Kelly (ACL, Season), Tim Mannah (Shoulder, Round 18), Kepeli Tanginoa (Ankle, Round 25), Mitch Cornish (Knee, Round 20), Kieran Foran (Shoulder, Season), Anthony Watmough (Knee, Season), John Folau (Fractured wrist, Round 21), Brad Takairangi (Hamstring, Round 18)

Comment: Michael Jennings (Origin) returns in the centres for Vai Toutai, while Cody Nelson comes on to the bench in place of Kaysa Pritchard (shoulder). All eyes are on the Semi Radradra saga this week. At least he’s worth $420,000 and can be traded for just about any player in the comp. Manu Ma’u is a sell in round 19 or 20 for a top shelf keeper. Here’s hoping for another double from Bevan French. If he doesn’t cross for a try, French could well become one of the first players ever to score below zero in a full game — his base stats are that bad.


2pm Sunday at GIO Stadium

Raiders: 1 Jack Wighton 2 Brenko Lee 3 Jarrod Croker 4 Joey Leilua 5 Jordan Rapana 6 Blake Austin 7 Aidan Sezer 8 Junior Paulo 9 Josh Hodgson 10 Shannon Boyd 11 Josh Papalii 12 Elliott Whitehead 13 Luke Bateman. Interchange: 14 Kurt Baptiste 15 Sia Soliola 16 Paul Vaughan 17 Joe Tapine

Ins: None

Outs: None

Other unavailables: Edrick Lee (Hamstring, Round 18), Jeff Lima (Hip, Round 20)

Comment: Unchanged. Even with a break even of 131, this is the week to get BJ Leilua given he is playing the Knights and then offers round 18 coverage. And while you’re at it, lock him in as captain. Popular hooker Josh Hodgson (concussion) is in doubt. Jarrod Croker is also a bargain at $352,400 and is the fourth most purchased player of the week.

Knights: 1 Dane Gagai 2 Nathan Ross 3 Sione Mata’utia 4 Peter Mata’utia 5 Brendan Elliot 6 Jack Cogger 7 Trent Hodkinson 8 Sam Mataora 9 Danny Levi 10 Korbin Sims 11 Jacob Saifiti 12 Mitchell Barnett 13 Jeremy Smith Interchange: 14 Tyler Randell 15 Robbie Rochow 16 Daniel Saifiti 17 Mickey Paea 22 Josh King

Ins: None

Outs: None

Other unavailables: James McManus (Concussion, Season), Jarrod Mullen (Hamstring, Round 19), Brock Lamb (Ankle, Round 19), Jaelen Feeney (Ankle, Indefinite), Kade Snowden (Various, Season), Jake Mamo (Ankle, Indefinite)

Comment: Unchanged. With the round 18 bye coming, it’s time to BAN Knights from all SuperCoach teams.


4pm Sunday at Barlow Park, Cairns

Rabbitohs: 1 Cody Walker 2 Alex Johnston 3 Greg Inglis 4 Aaron Gray 5 Joe Burgess 6 Luke Keary 7 Adam Reynolds 8 Tom Burgess 9 Cameron McInnes 10 Nathan Brown 11 John Sutton 12 Kyle Turner 13 Sam Burgess. Interchange: 14 Tautatasi Tasi 15 Jason Clark 16 Jack Gosiewski 17 David Tyrell 18 Damien Cook 19 Ed Murphy

Ins: Adam Reynolds, Jack Gosiewski

Outs: Ed Murphy, Patrice Siolo

Other unavailables: Zane Musgrove (Wrist, Indefinite), Angus Crichton (Groin, Indefinite), Hymel Hunt (Pectoral, Season), Samisoni Langi (ACL, Season), Bryson Goodwin (Fractured arm, Round 21), George Burgess (Groin, Round 21), Siosifa Talaki (Ankle, Indefinite)

Comment: Hats off to the 10.4 per cent who still own Cody Walker. He has risen by an almost incomprehensible $311,000 this year — the biggest price rise by a massive $100,000. He is now a genuine keeper after averaging 85 in the last five rounds. If you take out Sam Burgess’s two injury-affected rounds, he has averaged 80 this year, which would place him as the best player in the comp. Don’t hesitate to use him as a lock-in captain.

Cowboys: 1 Lachlan Coote 2 Kyle Feldt 3 Justin O’Neill 4 Kane Linnett 5 Antonio Winterstein 6 Ray Thompson 7 Johnathan Thurston 8 Matt Scott 9 Jake Granville 10 James Tamou 11 Gavin Cooper 12 Ethan Lowe 13 Jason Taumalolo. Interchange: 14 Rory Kostjasyn, 15 John Asiata 16 Scott Bolton 17 Ben Hannant

Ins: Ray Thompson

Outs: Patrick Kaufusi

Other unavailables: Michael Morgan (PCL, Round 20)

Comment: Kane Linnett (calf) has been named but is next to no chance of playing, which should open the door for cheapie Javid Bowen. He will score two nice rises before being sold for the bye in round 19. Ray Thompson (knee) will play in the halves alongside Johnathan Thurston.


7pm Monday at Brookvale Oval

Sea Eagles: 1 Brett Stewart 2 Jorge Taufua 3 Tom Trbojevic 4 Dylan Walker 5 Brayden Wiliame 6 Jamie Lyon 7 Daly Cherry-Evans 8 Darcy Lussick 9 Apisai Koroisau 10 Martin Taupau 11 Nathan Green 12 Jamie Buhrer 13 Jake Trbojevic. Interchange: 14 Lewis Brown 15 Josh Starling 16 Addin Fonua-Blake 17 Siosaia Vave 18 Matthew Wright

Ins: Matthew Wright

Outs: None

Other unavailables: Tim Moltzen (Knee, Season), Nate Myles (Knee, Round 20), Steve Matai (Neck, Season), Jayden Hodges (ACL, Season), Matt Parcell (Hamstring, Round 19), Liam Knight (Ankle, Round 19), Brenton Lawrence (Pectoral, Season), Isaac John (Pectoral, Indefinite)

Comment: Unchanged, with Matthew Wright added as 18th man. Tom Trbojevic continues to churn out huge scores, but his busted ankle must be a serious concern for owners. Do you cash out next week? Jake Trbojevic is a keeper to the end despite a mediocre score on Monday. The return date for Matt Parcell (hamstring) is round 19.

Dragons: 1 Josh Dugan 2 Kalifa Faifai Loa 3 Euan Aitken 4 Timoteo Lafai 5 Jason Nightingale 6 Gareth Widdop (c) 7 Benji Marshall 8 Leeson Ah Mau 9 Mitch Rein 10 Russell Packer 11 Tyson Frizell 12 Joel Thompson 13 Jack de Belin. Interchange: 14 Tariq Sims 15 Jacob Host 16 Dunamis Lui 17 Jake Marketo 18 Will Matthews

Ins: Tariq Sims

Outs: None

Other unavailables: Dylan Farrell (Back, Indefinite), Mose Masoe (ACL, Season), Ben Creagh (Knee, Indefinite)

Comment: Tariq Sims joins the bench after being excluded from playing his former club last week. Will Matthews drops to 18th man. Jacob Host reverts to the bench, with Jack de Belin to start at lock. Bye-round POD Mike Cooper was dropped last week and is a sell for Trent Merrin or the like. Euan Aitken has averaged 57 this year, but that increases to 62 when the injury-affected zero is taken out of his average. Keeper.

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